Graduate Destinations for PGTs

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, commonly referred to as the ‘DLHE survey’, asks leavers from higher education what they are doing six months after graduation.

Please note that the graph defaults to responses from the College of Arts & Law. To choose another College, please select from the filters below.

The below graph allows you to view destinations data for the University of Birmingham’s postgraduate taught students, who completed their course between 2014/15 and 2016/17, based on this survey. The data can be filtered by UK or international students, and also by full-time or part-time study. (Please note, the below graph may not work in Firefox browsers).


Student population

Schools, Departments and Programmes in the data above are limited to those with at least 20 respondents over the last three years of the Destination of Leavers Survey, below that threshold the data is not deemed to be meaningful. Joint honours students may be split between two subject areas (e.g. counted as half a student in one subject, half in another), but in these charts, the numbers are rounded to the nearest whole number.


‘Employability’ is defined as, 'the proportion of graduates who say they are working or studying (or both) as a percentage of all those who are working, studying, about to start work or seeking work'.

This is a national definition used by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). It is not always the same as the percentage of all graduates studying and/or working in the destinations data, because graduates who are neither seeking work nor currently working/studying (eg any who are travelling) are not counted as part of the population for the purpose of calculating employability figures.

Graduate employability

The ‘graduate employability’ statistic mirrors the ‘Graduate Prospects’ measure as defined by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide. It is defined as “the proportion of graduates who say they entered professional employment or graduate-level further study as a percentage of all those who are working, studying, or seeking work.”

The population is not quite the same as ‘employability’ because graduates who are due to start a job within a month are considered ‘unemployed’ in the employability calculation, but are excluded from the graduate employability calculation. You can therefore sometimes get a higher percentage rate for ‘graduate employability’ than for ‘employability’.